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The Hundred - Cricket: Top five new signings

The second season of The Hundred gets under way in early August and a number of new signings will be hoping to make a big impression in the tournament.

One notable absentee will be England Test captain Ben Stokes, with the Northern Superchargers all-rounder having been given time off to rest after a demanding international schedule so far this summer.

However, there are several new faces who will hope to make their mark, in both the men's and women's competitions.

WhatThe Hundred 2022
WhereEngland and Wales
WhenWednesday 3rd August - Saturday 3rd September
How to watchSky Sports The Hundred channel, BBC Sport
OddsMen's - Southern Brave 3/1, Trent Rockets 11/2, Birmingham Phoenix 6/1; Women's - Southern Brave 7/2, Oval Invincibles 4/1, Birmingham Phoenix 6/1

Mohammad Hasnain (Oval Invincibles)

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain was the top pick in the men's overseas wildcard draft and the Invincibles will hope that the paceman will be a key performer after returning to action following a remodel of his action.

The 22-year-old right-armer impressed in the BBL with Sydney Thunder before being forced to take time away from the game, while he had previously risen to prominence by taking a T20 hat-trick for his country against Sri Lanka in Lahore in October 2019.

He has taken 17 wickets in 18 T20I appearances to date, while his overall Twenty20 figures read 95 wickets in 78 games - at an economy rate of 8.41 and a strike-rate of 18.

The big question is how his remodelled action will hold up? If it does, then Hasnain has the ability to be one of the standout quickies in the tournament.

Ben McDermott (London Spirit)

Batter Ben McDermott certainly has the family pedigree to be a big hit, as he is the son of former Australia fast bowler Craig McDermott.

The explosive right-hander became the first player to make back-to-back centuries in the BBL late last year and eventually topped the runscoring charts in the competition, smacking 577 at an average of a touch over 48 and a highly impressive strike-rate of 153.86 for Hobart Hurricanes.

McDermott followed that up by joining Hampshire for the T20 Blast, helping the Hawks to reach Finals Day, so he should also be nice and settled in English conditions when The Hundred gets going.

Finn Allen (Southern Brave)

Big-hitting New Zealand top-order right-hander Finn Allen is a relative newcomer to the international arena, but he has already caught the attention of a number of knowledgeable watchers.

He has some Hundred experience from featuring for Birmingham Phoenix last season, but his game has improved hugely since then.

Allen has a T20 career strike rate of 178.92, which places among the top batters who have played at least 50 innings in the format, while even more impressive is that he strikes at 186.54 in powerplay overs.

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Ellyse Perry (Birmingham Phoenix)

Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry missed out on making her Hundred debut last season and will no doubt be eager to make up for lost time with Phoenix.

The 31-year-old has a mountain of experience on the international stage, having played more than 250 times for her country across all three formats, impressing equally with both bat and ball.

Her honours list includes no fewer than five Women's World Twenty20 successes with Australia, while she also has four domestic T20 titles to her name and that pedigree will surely make her a player to watch later this summer.

Sophie Devine (Birmingham Phoenix)

Joining Perry at Edgbaston will be New Zealander Sophie Devine, who also arrives with a massive amount of success in the T20 arena.

Devine scored the fastest-ever women's T20I 50 against India back in July 2015, reaching her half-century from a mere 18 balls faced. She also lies joint third on the list of quickest half-centuries, proving that the above knock was far from being a one-off.

Devine also became the scorer of the fastest-ever women's T20 century in early 2021 when she blasted a ton in 36 balls when playing for Wellington Blaze against Otago Sparks.

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